NYS Tobacco Control Saves Lives and Money

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on February 25, 2015
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Things are already under way in Meeting Room 1 of the Empire State Plaza where representatives of Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities, Reality Check, and Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free New York along with volunteer youth leaders are available to answer questions, offer resources and give demonstrations about effective tobacco prevention programs being delivered across the state.

Acting New York State Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker is there along with Dr. Ursula Bauer of the CDC, calling on the next generation in New York to support the measures.

Check out the news story on WNYT.


Smiles Abound at Smoke-Free Movie Night!

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on February 19, 2015
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Last night, more than 200 people came out for Reality Check’s Family Movie Night at Afrim’s in Colonie. The event featured a free screening of the family-friendly and smoke-free movie Up, along with free pizza, snacks, face painting and activities at intermission.  Attendees posed for photos with costumed characters Kevin, Russell and Mr. Fredricksen, in front of a hand-painted Up house and participated in activities to raise awareness of the impact of smoking in kids’ movies. Check out all the smiles and fun in photos posted on the Reality Check Facebook page.

The event was organized and hosted by Reality Check volunteer teens from Niskayuna High School and Albany County 4-H as part of the International Week of Action on Smokefree Movies. The student volunteers wore blue t-shirts emblazoned with “90%”, representing the percentage of adult smokers who started smoking before the age of 18. The teens collected parent signatures which will be combined with signatures from other Reality Check groups across the state calling upon the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to attach an “R” rating to any movie showing smoking.


FREE Smoke-Free Movie Night!!

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on February 9, 2015
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Looking for something fun and free to do over February Break? Grab the kids and head over to Afrim’s Sports on Wednesday, February 18 @ 5:00pm for a FREE showing of the adventure-packed, award-winning, and smoke-free movie, UP!

Kevin’s ready to get a phototaken with you!

Enjoy the movie for the first or fifteenth time (it never gets old), enjoy some free pizza, snacks, face painting and other activities during intermission. Have your photo taken with Up movie costumed characters Russell, Carl and Kevin and FREE balloons for all.

February 16-20 marks the International Week of Action (IWA) on Smoke-free Movies.  Scheduled the same week as the Academy Awards, IWA is a chance for youth groups, parent groups, health organizations and consumer alliances worldwide to pressure the film industry to eliminate smoking from youth rated films. Capital District youth will be collecting signatures calling for the Motion Picture Association of America to attach an “R” rating to any movie showing smoking.

Bleacher seating is available, but feel free to bring your own blanket, low lawn chair or stadium seat. Doors will open at 4:30; event starts promptly at 5:00.

Sponsored by Capital Region Reality Check, a teen-led program to prevent youth smoking, and organized by local area

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